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Best Albums of the 1950s

Listed below are the greatest albums of the 1950s as calculated from their overall rankings in over 37,000 greatest album charts.

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YearAlbums   The number of albums from each year featuring in the greatest album charts. Score   Total rank score for each year (made up of the total rank score from all albums in that year) Top Ranked Album   The top ranked album from each year and where it ranks in the overall chart.
1950683,636 The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Ja... (2,542nd)
by Benny Goodman
1951993,255 Hank Williams Sings (3,361st)
by Hank Williams With His Drifting ...
19521146,802 Anthology Of American Folk Music (2,449th)
by Various Artists
19531314,740 Black Coffee (2,484th)
by Peggy Lee
19541539,563 Chet Baker Sings (1,242nd)
by Chet Baker
195522313,089 In The Wee Small Hours (430th)
by Frank Sinatra
195631634,464 Elvis Presley (431st)
by Elvis Presley
195740740,375 Blue Train (413th)
by John Coltrane
195842434,791 Lady In Satin (697th)
by Billie Holiday
1959424101,926 Kind Of Blue (38th)
by Miles Davis
Total2,359252,641

The best artists of the 1950s were Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Frank Sinatra, Charles Mingus, Elvis Presley, The Dave Brubeck Quartet, Buddy Holly, John Coltrane, Billie Holiday and Art Blakey.
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11.

Brilliant CornersUnited States Thelonious Monk
Year of Release:1957Appears in:265 charts
Rank in 1957:3Rank Score:3,136
Rank in 1950s11Overall Rank:804
Average Rating:  81/100 (273 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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12.

Songs For Swingin' Lovers!United States Frank Sinatra
Year of Release:1956Appears in:218 charts
Rank in 1956:3Rank Score:3,082
Rank in 1950s12Overall Rank:824
Average Rating:  79/100 (267 votes)
Comments: 16 comments
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13.

Birth Of The Cool
Compilation
United States Miles Davis
Year of Release:1957Appears in:259 charts
Rank in 1957:4Rank Score:3,038
Rank in 1950s13Overall Rank:836
Average Rating:  81/100 (338 votes)
Comments: 10 comments
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14.

Art Blakey And The Jazz MessengersUnited States Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers
Year of Release:1959Appears in:236 charts
Rank in 1959:5Rank Score:2,898
Rank in 1950s14Overall Rank:870
Average Rating:  82/100 (231 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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15.

Chuck Berry Is On TopUnited States Chuck Berry
Year of Release:1959Appears in:234 charts
Rank in 1959:6Rank Score:2,798
Rank in 1950s15Overall Rank:884
Average Rating:  79/100 (219 votes)
Comments: 6 comments
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16.

Moanin' In The MoonlightUnited States Howlin' Wolf
Year of Release:1959Appears in:196 charts
Rank in 1959:7Rank Score:2,630
Rank in 1950s16Overall Rank:948
Average Rating:  80/100 (198 votes)
Comments: 9 comments
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17.

Somethin' ElseUnited States Cannonball Adderley
Year of Release:1958Appears in:234 charts
Rank in 1958:2Rank Score:2,489
Rank in 1950s17Overall Rank:993
Average Rating:  81/100 (209 votes)
Comments: 8 comments
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18.

The "Chirping" CricketsUnited States The Crickets
Year of Release:1957Appears in:209 charts
Rank in 1957:5Rank Score:2,268
Rank in 1950s18Overall Rank:1,090
Average Rating:  79/100 (211 votes)
Comments: 15 comments
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19.

Buddy HollyUnited States Buddy Holly
Year of Release:1958Appears in:189 charts
Rank in 1958:3Rank Score:2,091
Rank in 1950s19Overall Rank:1,170
Average Rating:  79/100 (171 votes)
Comments: 12 comments
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20.

Ella & LouisUnited States Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong
Year of Release:1956Appears in:159 charts
Rank in 1956:4Rank Score:2,035
Rank in 1950s20Overall Rank:1,193
Average Rating:  80/100 (172 votes)
Comments: 3 comments
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Best Albums of the 1950s composition

Year Albums %


1950 32 3%
1951 39 4%
1952 48 5%
1953 52 5%
1954 74 7%
1955 89 9%
1956 124 12%
1957 168 17%
1958 181 18%
1959 193 19%
Artist Albums %


Various Artists 20 2%
Miles Davis 16 2%
Frank Sinatra 16 2%
Sonny Rollins 15 2%
Billie Holiday 14 1%
Ella Fitzgerald 11 1%
Sarah Vaughan 11 1%
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Country Albums %


United States 741 74%
Mixed Nationality 59 6%
Brazil 38 4%
United Kingdom 37 4%
France 26 3%
Canada 13 1%
Germany 8 1%
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